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Celebrate progress during Corn Days

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By Dave Bell

As construction work advances down Gallatin Street, the rebirth of Vandalia’s downtown is becoming more apparent each day. Much of the underground infrastructure work is now complete, and workers are preparing to pour the second block of concrete street surface.

There’s a lot to be excited about as a new and improved downtown Vandalia gradually takes shape.

Another reason for excitement is the approach of Corn Days a week from this weekend. This annual event, sponsored by the Vandalia Main Street Program, features an impressive array of activities that will bring people to Vandalia – and to the downtown area specifically.

Take a look at the Main Street merchants’ ads in today’s paper (see page 13A) and the posters around town. It’s apparent that a lot is going on for the festival, which runs Friday, Sept. 25, and Saturday, Sept. 26. Some highlights:

• A community-wide yard sale on both days.

• Live music, food and an outdoor movie Friday evening.

• A 5K race (and half-mile run for the kids) Saturday morning.

• A farmers’ market Saturday morning.

• A Little Miss and Mister Corn Pageant at 11 a.m. Saturday.

• Several corn-related crafts and activities for the kids throughout the day Saturday.

• Free horse-drawn hayrides.

• Several craft and food vendors will be setting up shop in the downtown area on Saturday.

• The Fourth Street Music Festival (on Fourth Street between Gallatin and Main streets) from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday.

It’s going to be an exciting day for Vandalia. Make plans now to attend.

And while you’re there, take a good look at the new face of downtown Vandalia as it begins to emerge amidst the construction work.

As exciting as it is to see the downtown renovation project finally being accomplished, there’s no doubt that the work has created some hardships for downtown businesses. With some streets and sidewalks being torn up, vehicle and foot traffic in downtown includes a few extra challenges. But the businesses are still open and still offering a wide array of products and services. We all need to do what we can to support those businesses.

Participating in next weekend’s festival would be a great place to start.

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